Wawa 250 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks

Wawa 250 Predictions

  • Justin Haley is the smart pick in any Xfinity race at a superspeedway.
  • Series leader Austin Cindric is going for a rare season sweep at Daytona.
  • Daniel Hemric can wrap up a Playoff spot, but will he ever win a race?

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There are now four races left in the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season, and there are still seven Playoff spots open.

That was also the case last Saturday at Michigan, but the berths went unclaimed, as AJ Allmendinger—already qualified for the postseason—picked up his third win of the year.

Xfinity drivers will have another chance in Friday night’s Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be contested over 100 laps (250 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 30 and 60 laps.

Justin Haley is the defending winner of the event. Austin Cindric is the most recent winner at Daytona, having taken the checkered flag in the 2021 season opener.

How to Watch Wawa 250

Wawa 250 Information
Race Wawa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race
Location Daytona International Speedway
Time Friday, August 27 7:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch NBCSN

If the Race Is on a Superspeedway, Justin Haley Has to Be Our Pick to Win

Oddsmakers handicapping Friday night’s Wawa 250 certainly aren’t playing favorites. They couldn’t decide between four drivers—Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger and NASCAR Cup Series interloper Christopher Bell—who opened as co-favorites at +220 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

We’re happy to make a choice, though. We like Justin Haley, who has displayed a special knack for negotiating the perils of close-quarters racing in the draft.

The numbers don’t lie. Haley is the defending winner of this race. In six starts at Daytona, the driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet has posted two top fives (including the win) and three top 10s.

His record at sister superspeedway Talladega is even better. There, Haley has two wins in four starts and a top 10 in every outing.

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The key to having a good run at Daytona is understanding the draft, having fast cars and having teammates (Allmendinger and Jeb Burton) you can rely on. Fortunately, at Kaulig Racing, we have all three of those things.

Haley is the only Kaulig driver who has yet to secure a Playoff spot. We like him to do so with a win on Friday night.

Austin Cindric Could Join an Exclusive Club with a Win on Friday Night

Reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric won the season-opening race at Daytona. With a victory on Friday night, he would join a club that currently has one member.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. swept both Xfinity Series points races at Daytona in 2003. No other driver, before or after, has duplicated that feat. With his sixth win of the season, however, Cindric could match Earnhardt’s accomplishment.

Though we think Justin Haley will win the race, it’s a reason to expect Cindric to finish in the top five. At -105 to do so, the bet also is reasonable.

Win or Not, Daniel Hemric Can Claim a Spot in the Xfinity Playoff

After 197 combined starts to NASCAR’s top three divisions, Daniel Hemric is still seeking his first national series victory.

The good news for Hemric is that he doesn’t have to win on Friday night to secure a berth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.

If he scores 44 points in the Wawa 250, Hemric will clinch one of the seven remaining spots in the postseason. He’s the only driver in the race who can advance on points alone.

We would steer clear of Hemric, however, both to win (+400 at DraftKings Sportsbook) and to finish in the top five (+200). In six starts at Daytona, Hemric’s best finish was eighth in 2018.

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